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GROWERTALKS - July 2022 Issue (Vol. 86 No. 3)
Acres & Acres
How Was Last Weekend?
Chris Beytes
I thought I’d tell you how your season went, just in case you were too busy living through it to notice.
Cover Story
Are Your Prices Right?
Jennifer Zurko
How some of your peers have handled the current environment of rising costs and the continuous lack of labor.
Culture Notes
Combinations With Coleus
Becky Lacy
New trailing genetics in this class expand into fantastic mixes.
Common Root Diseases
Nathan Wallace-Springer
Symptoms and cultural controls for treatment and prevention.
Danziger: Horticultural Pioneers
Chris Beytes
Occasionally, GrowerTalks likes to reveal little-known details about the birth, growth or success of a well-known horticultural business. This month: Danziger, founded by young immigrants seeking independence and pursuing an ideology.
Emerging Specialty Cut Flowers
Caleb Spall & Roberto Lopez
A study of flower induction in marigold and witchgrass.
Highlights From CAST
Chris Beytes, Jennifer Zurko, Bill Calkins & Osvaldo Cuevas
Back to its expected April timeframe, with most of the regular exhibitors on hand and few pandemic excuses to ruin the fun, the California Spring Trials were as close to “normal” as one can get when looking at hundreds (thousands?) of plants between LA and San Fran. This month, we focus on what’s new in annuals for 2023.
Plug & Cutting Conference Sneak Peek
Jennifer Zurko
We’re previewing what you’ll be doing and learning about during this fall conference. This month: the interactive tour and workshops.
Poinsettia Heat Delay
Paul Millar & James E. Faust
When is your crop at risk?
Reap the Rewards of Research
Julie Martens Forney
Want to know the secret to making profits in this economic roller coaster? Research. Targeted research aimed to solve real-world problems yields results that can change the way you do business. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s just part of what the American Floral Endowment does for growers like you.
Growers Talk Business
Time Marches On
Bill Swanekamp
I’ve reached a milestone in my life that I’ve been anticipating for over a decade. Yes, I’ve reached the time when I need to retire.
Growers Talk Production
Frequent Hardy Mum Concerns
Michael DeBerti
Being aware of some of the issues and exploring production tips, you’ll be able to make your mum crop the success you’re growing for.
GT in Brief
2022 AFE Scholarship Recipients Announced
Jennifer Zurko
The graduate work of this year’s Paul Ecke, Jr. and Altman Family Scholarship recipients is already reshaping the floriculture and horticulture industry with improvements for growers and environmental benefits.
GT in Brief
AmericanHort Welcomes New Board Members & Slate of Officers for 2022-2023
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced the election of four new members to the board of directors, along with the election of a new slate of board officers.
GT in Brief
Data From the 50-State Floriculture Crops Survey
Dr. Marvin Miller
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the Floriculture Crops data for the 2021 calendar year in late May.
GT in Brief
Drone School for Professional Horticulturists
Matthew Chappell
If you’re a professional horticulturist in need of some training on the latest technology and regulations, then the University of Maryland is providing a training that you could certainly benefit from.
GT in Brief
It’s Floriade Time!
Chris Beytes
Floriade 2022 has kicked off in Almere, the Netherlands, near Amsterdam.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey; Ball Horticultural Company; Ball Seed; BioWorks; ErfGoed; Pleasant View Gardens
GT in Brief
Registration Open for Farwest
Jennifer Zurko
The three-day 2022 Farwest Show takes place Wednesday, August 24 through Friday, August 26 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
Guest Column
Marigolds in Fall?
Stanton Gill
For years, this group of flowering plants has been associated with summer-flowering plants. Actually, it turns out it does very nicely with the fall cooler weather and really comes into its own with outstanding flower displays in October.
Guest Column
Ukraine: Marketing in a Crisis
Regina Razumovskaya & John Stanley
In Ukraine, all of its citizens are all living in a crisis that they’ve never faced before. In a war, where no country will remain untouched, we as businesses can be part of the solution.
Inside Look
Foreshadowing & Hope
Jennifer Zurko
Turns out my June 2019 story served as a bit of foreshadowing because we’re talking about pricing again.
JZ on D.C.
Farm Labor Survey Points to Daunting Labor Cost Increases for 2023
Jennifer Zurko
With the release of the first and second-quarter data from USDA’s NASS Farm Labor Survey in May, growers who use the H-2A program have more insight into where next year’s H-2A “adverse effect wage rate” (AEWR) is headed.
Pest Management
New Insect Pressure for 2022 & Beyond
Stanton Gill
We’ve been flooded with problems in horticulture during 2021. Now we have another to add to the list.
Bloomin’ Easy Pink Dynamo
Curoplant Co.
Brownout Evaporative Cooling System Kit
American Coolair Corporation
Coco Fiber Grower Hanging Baskets, Patio and Wall Planters
Glenhaven Home & Holiday
Lambert Peat Moss
Production High Tunnels
Rimol Greenhouse Systems
TerraGrow Liquid
BioSafe Systems